Hot Rod (1979)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  25 May 1979 (USA)
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A drag-racer enters a local championship race. However, he runs up against the town boss, a corrupt sheriff who has already made arrangements to ensure that his own son wins the race.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Edison
Sheriff Marsden
Sonny Munn
T.L. Munn
Johnny Hurricane
Bruce M. Fischer ...
Eric Holland ...
Barry Hogue
Julie Gibson ...
Gene Borkan ...
Lisa Cori ...
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A drag-racer enters a local championship race. However, he runs up against the town boss, a corrupt sheriff who has already made arrangements to ensure that his own son wins the race.

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25 May 1979 (USA)  »

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Rebel of the Road  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


George Armitage based the main character Brian Edison on a mechanic friend named Bob Edelson. See more »


The steering column in the Willys changes position several times, as does the steering wheel type. See more »


Station Wagon Driver: Whatcha runnin' in that thing?
Brian Edison: Black 'n Decker Aquarium Pump.
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this is by far the best drag race movie ever made!!!!!!!!!!
19 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this is the most real drag race movie ever made!!!! unlike the new rice burner movies out now that lead everyone to believe that you 4 door rice burner can turn 10s in the 1/4 mile HAHAHAHAHA!!LOL ON THAT ONE.there is no substitute for cubic inches sorry!!!! hotrod was one of the only truthful depletions of what will happen if you install a high CID big block into you classic muscle car..."LOAD AND LOADS OF TORQ HP AND SPEED" not a farting sound like you hear in wall-marts parking lot on nay given afternoon.there is a reason the only car older rear wheel drive cars "MUSCLE CARS" the new cars don't make muscle!!! did you know auto makers change the way they rate hp every couple of years so they can falsely advertise the hp pf the new cars coming out!!!they stared doing the back in the early 1980s..why did they do this?? because of the garbage rice burners!! they have found that the general public is dumb and will believe anything!! its true check into it... so throw away the fake FTF movies and go with the real racing "HOT ROD" !!!!!!!!

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